Family FAQs

What should I look for in a nanny?

The perfect nanny for your family DOES exist, but she isn’t the same for everyone. Great nannies have a variety of backgrounds and experiences. What all great nannies have in common is a love of children, good judgement, patience, flexibility, and a sincere desire to foster the growth and development of children. 

When looking for a nanny think about your needs, not just in terms of hours and responsibilities, but also what kind of personality would work best with your child and your parenting style.

How much does it cost to use White House Nannies?

For permanent nannies, we charge a one-time application fee and a placement fee. For temporary nannies, fees vary based on your family’s needs. Please see our rates page for more information.

Salaries for nannies depend on a variety of factors including hours needed, the number of children and their ages, and the experience level of the nanny. In general, nannies in the Washington, DC area make between $18-$22/hour.

If my nanny is sick, will you send someone else?

Yes! Your initial placement fee also enrolls you in our Temporary & Emergency Service for one year. Prevailing daily referral fees will apply. 

How do you screen your nannies?

After an initial telephone interview to ascertain that their legal status, language skills, and childcare experience meet our exacting standards, candidates must complete the following steps in the screening process:

  • The Application: Detailed application that outline the nanny’s biographical information, childcare experience, and work history chronology are reviewed to ensure they meet our high standards.

 

  • Reference Checking: All childcare references (including letters of reference) are interviewed at length by telephone by experienced staff. Candidates with excellent childcare references are then invited to our office for an in-person interview.

 

  • The Interview: Two to three White House Nannies staff members interview every potential nanny. Our detailed questions and conversations help us to get to know our nannies’s personalities, learn more about their work history, and understand their job “wish lists.”

 

  • Background Investigation: After an offer of employment is made to a nanny candidate, a professional background investigation service prepares a detailed background report that includes: criminal, felony, and misdemeanor checks, sex offender registry check, driving history and  social security number trace.

 

  • CPR Training: All nannies are required to be CPR certified or take the CPR class within sixty days of qualification. We offer classes monthly.
Can I hire a temporary nanny for my sick child?

Although our babysitters can care for children with mild illnesses, it is important to remember that nannies are NOT medical professionals. Our babysitters can only administer medicine with signed authorization and explicit instructions from the parent(s).

Generally, babysitters from White House Nannies have experience caring for children with the following illnesses:

  • Colds and other mild respiratory infections
  • Fevers lower than 102 degrees
  • Strep throat (with antibiotics already started 24 to 48 hours)
  • Ear infections (with antibiotics alread started)
  • Diarrhea
  • Teething and colicky behavior
  • Mild cases of the flu
  • Stomach flu (no vomiting for 24 hrs)


However, we are not able to place temporary nannies in homes where children have:

  • Head lice
  • Highly contagious viruses
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (Coxsackie virus)
  • A fever of 102 degrees or higher

To learn about how we can help you find the right nanny for your family, contact us today at (301) 654-1242.